To the Left of Death Kindle Edition
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From the Author
To the Left of Death explores some of the pain and confusion that can come with surviving trauma. You can learn more about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through organizations such as the PTSD Alliance and the National Center for PTSD.
About the Author
Susan's wide range of hobbies include knitting and crocheting, playing the piano, solving puzzles, and taking frequent 5-minute dance breaks. Susan is also a registered yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for over 10 years.
- Publication Date : September 16, 2018
- File Size : 2424 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 248 pages
- ASIN : B07HDXK13T
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,245 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Even though I’ve never experienced the kinds of trauma the main character has, I still totally related to her place in life and many of the questions and insecurities she dealt with. The first-person narrative allowed me to see the main character’s life through her own eyes, and Susan's visually descriptive writing only enhanced the experience. An especially entertaining aspect of this being in first person is you’re never quite sure how much you can trust the narrator.
Another excellent novel from an up-and-coming writer!
The book is well edited and descriptions of people, their actions and of places are precise and brisk. A thought provoking read.
While this novel is a departure from her debut book "The Insistence of Memory" as it's not "sci-fi-ish" in it's genre, it still expertly and beautifully explores the way that trauma can, and will, affect each individual differently. This book does a fantastic job of describing a form of secondary trauma in such a relateable way that even if you haven't been affected by trauma in your lifetime, you might be able to gain some nuggets of understanding for those around you who have. And it's not just the exploration of trauma that the author has done well, it's the internal dialogue and the relationships with those around her that the main character has that is so life-like it just pulls the reader in.
As a lover of art myself, I love how the author also wove the main characters love of art into the story and the journey that took her on. (Fun fact: Susan Quilty created the cover art for this novel which makes it extra cool in my opinion.)
I can't imagine any reader not loving this book, it's worth every penny you spend on it. It's left me anxiously awaiting her next novel as her writing seems to just get better and better.
I suspect this is a read that will stay with me for a while. There are so many facets to this novel. My only minor criticism is related to editing - a few things here and there could be tightened up. I also would have liked the Megan/George relationship explored a little more. I found George to be a fascinating character - as one of Megan's main support people, he played a big role and I would have liked to have known him better. Of course, this is Megan's story from her POV, so there's that.
Kudos to the author for this well-written, thought-provoking story. I anxiously await her next release.